When it was officially announced at the Clovis Buchanan softball game on Friday in California that there would be no playing of the Star Spangled Banner, that did not stop the crowd from performing their own version, reports the Fresno Bee.
No anthem? Nice try. Hundreds of softball fans took to their feet and spangled away, singing the anthem a capella while the players on the field stood at attention toward the centerfield flag at Margie Wright Diamond.
Clovis and Buchanan softball about to play for D-I title, but before that, it was announced there will be no national anthem. There were boos and the crowd did this … pic.twitter.com/M1w6yDzuTN
— Anthony Galaviz (@agalaviz_TheBee) May 26, 2018
“Honestly, I was shocked (when) the announcer stated, ‘There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball,’” said Tiffany Marquez, who drove to the game from Fowler and posted a video of the makeshift choir on Facebook. “Within seconds, you could hear people in the crowd singing and the volume of their voices building. There I was, standing in the middle of a true testament to unity and patriotism.”
This is the kind of heartwarming and patriotic display of American pride that is seriously lacking in U.S. culture right now. Ever since certain NFL players declared war on the national anthem, liberals and Democrats all over the country have been trying to take down the song and make it seem as something that Americans should be ashamed of.
Now that the NFL recently announced that players have to either stand at attention or stay in the locker rooms when the national anthem is being played, we are starting to see the reclaiming of the national anthem and hardworking patriotic Americans, like the ones at that baseball game, showing just how much they love this country.